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Posted on What am I looking for in a lathe?

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#1 posted 02-17-2017 01:16 PM

i know i’m new here, and i’m just getting into turning myself…but from what i’ve seen watching a lot of youtube videos is that if you’re going to invest into an expensive lathe, make sure that 1) you get one with as large of a swing as possible so you don’t limit your options of turning projects unnecessarily (never know when you may wanna turn some giant bowl/platter), and 2) the motor has enough HP to do what you need it to do (you don’t want to bog down your motor). probaby best to stay away from tube-style rails and get cast ones instead. a rotating headstock would be really nice for when you need to get deep down into some bowl/vase (properly secured, of course). and that’s all just for the lathe itself.

as others have mentioned, the tools can make all the difference in the world…the difference between a beautifully-finished piece and one that looks like a rat chewed it up, or worse yet, explodes on you.

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